But NZ is a great sporting nation......NZ has the most dominant sporting team of all time in all sports......
Does this mean we can stop jerking ourselves off about what a great sporting nation we are? I mean, I feel for the people who have trained for years only to sputter when the big day comes as no one wants to go through that, but maybe this will mean we end with the charade that we're God's chosen people when it comes to sports.
Sure, but rugby is still a niche sport and only at the top of the pecking order in a handful of countries. It's not justification for the myth we cling to. Most of our national sports teams are consistently average at best, if not downright poor at times. It's why we cling to sh*t like rowing.
But what do I know? I can't stand the Olympics. It's a pick 'n' mix of sports that no one gives a sh*t about usually. I dunno why once every four years we kid ourselves that discus is suddenly a big deal.
Don't quote me, but I think the rugby world cup is the 2nd biggest world cup event in sports?
And consistently average is still a pretty big achievement for such a small nation. I mean the fact that a team like the Black Caps can even earn the right to share a field with a team like India... I mean India isn't just a sport that plays cricket, it's a nation that lives and breathes it. The main problem with New Zealand sports is our unrealistic expectations. We take sporting excellence for granted and we're quick to bandwagon. That last parts kind of irrelevant, but it's still something that kind of bugs me.
I'm the opposite, I love the Olympics. And I love it for the same reason you hate it. These sports that get little to zero exposure, these athletes who are otherwise everyday people you wouldn't look twice at if you pass him on the street. Once every four years they get a chance to showcase their passion and hard work